Youth Safety and Mobility

RELATED TOPICS: Equity, Health, Vision Zero, Community Engagement

Trips to and from schools account for a significant amount of travel in a community. Addressing youth mobility by increasing opportunities to walk and bike to school safely benefits not only children by promoting physical activity, but also the community by developing safe active transportation environments for all. This need stretches beyond the trip to school to a variety of places where children frequently walk and bike. In many communities, the school zone and other areas where children walk and bike are starting places to address wider safety issues like speed.

Planning and designing communities for youth involve infrastructure designed for the specific needs of children. Education is also a key component, where training programs teach bicycle and pedestrian safety as children develop, as is enforcement in areas like schools zones where children frequently walk and bike.


The Walking School Bus: Combining Safety, Fun and the Walk to School outlines the benefits of starting a walking school bus and points to consider for implementation.

Teaching Children to Walk Safely as They Grow and Develop provides parents and caregivers an overview of the stages of child development and identifies which walking safety skills to teach along the way.

Pedestrian Safer Journey and Bicycle Safer Journey provide age specific video lessons to teach bicycle and pedestrian safety skills either in the classroom or in a one-on-one setting.

Walk and Bike to School Day provides resources on planning events for Walk to School Day and Bike to School Day along with ideas for year-round walking programs.

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Safe Routes to School Action Plan from Los Angeles, California strategically implements Safe Routes to School infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects as a component of a Vision Zero plan.

Vision Zero for Youth: Stories illustrates examples of communities that have focused on improving safety for youth.

Safe Routes to Parks provides a framework for planning for safe pedestrian and bicycle access to parks for all ages.

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